An insiders look at Norfolk
When you think of Norfolk, you probably think of wild country meadows, beaches and sailing on the Norfolk broads, separated by shopping in Norwich – and you’d be right! But there’s so much to do in this most easterly royal county that you can hardly scratch the surface during one holiday, maybe that’s why visitors return year after year and base themselves in Wymondham. It’s the perfect place from which to explore the finest that Norfolk has to offer. Let’s take a look at an insiders look at Norfolk.
If you’re into it, you can watch birds at Strumpshaw Fen, the RSPB nature reserve. You might want to report on the magnificent historical sites of Oxburgh, Blickling, or further afield at Felbrigg. You may even find yourself in Houghton and Holkham. Not tired yet? Climb the church tower in Cromer then visit the museum. For an evening’s entertainment mid-June to September, don’t miss the Seaside Special at the Pavilion Theatre on the pier at Cromer. It’s only a short drive from Wymondham and a popular day out for you all the family while enjoying an insiders look at Norfolk.
Drive back towards Holt, find the Shell museum by the ford, see St. Martin’s church and then go into Holt and enjoy tea and cake in Byfords or take the Poppyline to Sheringham.
Norfolk’s beaches are very popular and never too crowded, but if sand isn’t your thing, you can often find little trips that are outside the mainstream. For example, you can take a small ferry from Burnham Overy Staithe to Scolt Head Island nature reserve, but remember to pack a picnic!
Moving forward in time to the Georgian Era. Burnham market consists of a cluster of exquisite Georgian houses, elegantly centred on a classic English village green.
Still got some energy?
Back to Norwich for a stroll round the old quarter. Maybe you fancy some fine dining at Roger Hickman’s restaurant or a spot of shopping at intu Chapelfield shopping centre.
More recent history concerns abandoned Second World War airfields and it’s possible to come across such airfields when you are driving around Norfolk. Do take time to stop and look around. It’s evocative of a critical period in the history of WWII. Some have small museums that are well worth a visit as they show the war in the air from a personal perspective.
Apart from these ideas, there’s so much more. But you don’t need sunshine to enjoy Norfolk and your takeaway. Book a break in Norfolk out of season, it’s fantastic! Fish and chips and a good walk, buffeted by salty wind, make for a wonderful break too and the beaches are less crowded! If you are not a nature lover, there’s plenty to do in the city with many shows and concerts throughout the year.